Monday 25 February 2013

Winter Scottish Trip a huge success

Just returned from another extremely successful Scottish trip. Although pretty gruelling, with a total of 1,715 miles covered, species encountered included the fabulous drake HARLEQUIN DUCK on the Outer Hebrides, thousands of wintering geese including 2 SNOW GEESE and a single SMALL CANADA, lots of raptors including some spectacular WHITE-TAILED SEA EAGLES, GOLDEN EAGLES, MERLIN, Peregrine and Hen Harrier, 70 TWITE, Corn Buntings, a cracking juvenile GLAUCOUS GULL on a Seal carcass, numerous Common Ravens and some nice breeding-plumaged Black Guillemots.

Elsewhere, we enjoyed fabulous views of ermine PTARMIGAN, fed an adult RING-BILLED GULL, came face-to-face with CAPERCAILLIES, attracted Coal and CRESTED TITS to peanut butter and watched 6 cock BLACK GROUSE feeding in stubble.

Finished off with drake KING EIDER and record-staying DESERT WHEATEAR and Tree Sparrows

Fantastic and most memorable trip

Have added one more space to my forthcoming ROUND BRITAIN TOUR of 25 May to 2 June 2013 if anybody is interested - email me on for details